Local students showcase why they love forests

12 Apr 19

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The videos are in, the votes have been counted and it is fair to say there are some very talented young people across the Limestone Coast who just love forests!

The team at OneFortyOne have been overwhelmed by the response to their International Day of Forests competition, with 36 students from across the region submitting their one-minute videos answering the question “Why are our local forests and trees important to you and your community?”

OneFortyOne’s Estate Manager, Andrew Matheson said “We were blown away by the calibre and quality of the videos put forward. It was obvious to us that all the students had put a lot of hard work in and were passionate about the importance of forests and timber industries.”

The entries were assessed for their originality, creativity and relevance to the theme. Judges were delighted to see clear and well-informed opinions and ideas coming through, of just how important forests are for the environment, responding to climate change, regional jobs and fun for anyone visiting them!

“The videos were so good, that we couldn’t pick just one winner. Watching these videos has been a real highlight – reminding us all why we love forests, and that the future of our industry is very bright, and in very safe hands”, said Mr Matheson.

Major prizes were awarded to 4 students and their schools, along with prizes to the 3 runners up. The videos can be found on OneFortyOne’s Facebook page.

Milla Walmsley (Reidy Park Primary School)
Hiroki Owen (St Martins Lutheran College)
Archie Thomas (Tenison Woods College)
Bonny de Nys (Tenison Woods College)

Runners Up
Elijah Bond (St Martins Lutheran College)
Finn Dickson (Tenison Woods College)
Gianna Morello (Tenison Woods College)

OneFortyOne acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and their deep connections to land, water, and community. We pay our respect to Elders past and present and extend that respect to all First Nations people today.

In Aotearoa New Zealand, Māori communities have a strong spiritual connection between people and the land – the wellbeing of one sustains the wellbeing of the other. We strive to build meaningful relationships with iwi as tangata whenua (people of the land/region), to be responsible intergenerational kaitiaki (stewards/guardians) of the land where our forests grow.